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Category: Chrysta’s Reflections

Photo from Kim Brandt

Review: Kim Brandt’s Silhouette

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal Like most performing arts supporters, I am used to walking into a theater knowing what to expect.  This is a story about a princess and a prince who falls in love with her, […]

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Dancing Through Dark Nights – preview of faith shift

Dancing Through Dark Nights – preview of faith shift

   by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal A dark night of the soul is a term used to describe a spiritual crisis or a period of intense doubt and uncertainty.    The feeling is certainly older, but the phrase […]

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The Whole Shebang

The Whole Shebang: Philadelphia’s Newest Arts Space

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal I suppose I could call Philadelphia’s newest art space a dance studio. The floors are beautiful, wooden, sprung, and rumored to be heated.  Plus, there are dancers and dance classes, and these are all things […]

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Variations on a Theme:  Alexei Borovik’s Adult Variation Class

Variations on a Theme: Alexei Borovik’s Adult Variation Class

  by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal The first classical variation I remember learning was the “Bluebird” solo from  Sleeping Beauty.  I was a thirteen-year-old student attending a summer intensive.  I was wearing a black camisole leotard, pink tights, […]

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Philadelphia Hosts World Dance Day

Philadelphia Hosts World Dance Day

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal photo: Illstyle & Peace Productions When I was graduating from college and early in my dance career, I felt a certain protectiveness toward Philadelphia. I am not a native, but I spent my […]

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Common Ground from Uncommon Spaces: West Chester Dance Works Presents Annual Spring Concert

Common Ground from Uncommon Spaces: West Chester Dance Works Presents Annual Spring Concert

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal For everyone else, it may be just a regular Friday night, but for West Chester Dance Works,  a company of 25 dancers and 15 guest artists, the phrase “I can’t, I have rehearsal,” is […]

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The Gaga Movement Language Workshop comes to Philadelphia

The Gaga Movement Language Workshop comes to Philadelphia

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal We’ve all heard it, maybe we’ve even said it. “Fake it until you make it.”  One dance industry professional advised my freshman college class to show up to every class, audition, job, and […]

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Photo Credit: Sasha Sparks

What is Enough: What Advanced Dancers Can Gain From Beginner Classes 

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal A couple of years ago, I walked into a new studio and signed up to take a Graham technique class.  “Have you had Graham before?” the instructor asked me. “A little bit,” I […]

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The Blind Faith Project presents Humanimals at Play

The Blind Faith Project presents Humanimals at Play

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal A peacock, a student, an exotic frog, a realtor, dancing monkeys, and dancing professionals. What do all of these beings have in common? Perhaps a more apropos question is: Where in Philadelphia can […]

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Meet Swarthmore college’s Newest Dance Professor, Gregory King

Meet Swarthmore college’s Newest Dance Professor, Gregory King

by Chrysta Brown for The Dance Journal We’re at a restaurant in center city on the first day of summer. The warm temperatures feel foreign after the cold’s overstayed welcome, but the seasons are finally shifting, and a noticeable change has found […]

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